Dog attacks can cause severe injuries. They can be especially dangerous in cases involving young children, whom are at the greatest risk for dog bites. Fortunately for many of these people, Florida state laws protect them, allowing them to seek and obtain compensation for their damages. Those laws, however, can be difficult to understand because of their language, how they may interrelate, and how they may pertain to any individual situation. Metts Legal, P.A. is conversant with these laws and can explain them to you, review your dog bite incident, and give you the legal guidance needed to help you fully protect your rights.
Under Florida law, dog owners are subject to liability for “damages suffered by persons bitten.” Another section of law states that when a dog bites someone who is in a public place or who is lawfully on private property, such as the dog owner’s property, the dog owner remains liable for damages “regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.” This law is only mitigated by any negligence on the part of the victim that may have caused the attack. In that case, any compensation owed the victim will be reduced by the percentage of his or her negligence in the incident. Further, Florida law states that dog owners are not liable for dog bites to adults that occur on their property when they have prominently displayed a “bad dog” sign.
As you can see, these laws are complicated and may seem contradictory. That is why it’s important to bring your dog bite case to a knowledgeable dog bite attorney.
In most dog bite cases, compensation for your injuries and losses will be obtained through an insurance claim. To increase your chances for winning your claim, it is critical to take certain steps, such as photographing your injuries and the location where the attack occurred. Metts Legal, P.A. can advise you on what needs to be done and can help you execute these important actions and follow through with focused legal steps directed against the dog owner’s insurance carrier.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, Metts Legal, P.A. is standing by to help and evaluate your case and assist you in getting the money you truly deserve.